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  1. Jason Maxiell wants Horace Grant goggles

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jason Maxiell

    Jason Maxiell is a hard-banging power forward – just like Horace Grant.. Maxiell signed with the Magic – just like Grant. Maxiell is wearing No. 54 – just like Grant. They’re basically twins, except Grant’s trademark goggles. But they could share eyewear choice soon. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstripe Post: Maxiell underwent surgery on Easter…

  2. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Orlando Magic

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Tobias Harris

    Last season: It was a season of transition. The Magic started out near .500 (12-13) but when Glen Davis got injured things fell apart. The Magic won 8 games the rest of the year and by the trade deadline they had fully embraced the rebuild, meaning J.J. Redick was the first out the door in…

  3. Glen Davis says surgically repaired foot will never be the same

    Oct 2, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    Before he went down last season, Big Baby was having the best season of his career. Forced into a larger role with Dwight Howard on another coast, Glen Davis stepped up his game and was averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds a game — he wasn’t dominating, but he was solid. Which is a good…

  4. Jameer Nelson understands he’s on the trade block

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Jameer Nelson is not in the future plans of the Orlando Magic, which is why he’s on everybody’s trade watch lists for this season. The Magic are rebuilding with youth, he is a 31-year-old point guard making a team-high $8.6 million this season but can be bought out for $2 million next season. (Yes, technically…

  5. Maurice Cheeks will play Andre Drummond this year. Hurray.

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    This shouldn’t be news. Last season, Andre Drummond posted per-36-minute scoring (13.8), rebounding (13.2) and shot-blocking (2.8) rates that have been matched only by Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, Robert Parrish, Marvin Webster and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (minimum: 300 minutes). With the exception of Webster, those are all Hall of Famers. And Drummond did it…

  6. Magic keep paying Turkoglu to stay away from team

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    Hedo Turkoglu could make $12 million to sit on his couch this season. The Orlando Magic can waive him and only have to pay $6 million, but they have until Jan. 10 to make that call. In the mean time they  want to keep him around as a potential trade chip, so he is still…

  7. Trey Burke thinks there’s ‘a good chance’ he can win Rookie of the Year award

    Sep 26, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    Trey Burke was selected with the ninth overall pick in this summer’s draft, but was traded that night from the Timberwolves to the Jazz after Minnesota felt they could get better value by trading down to the 14th slot. With eight players going ahead of him, Burke wouldn’t appear to be the favorite to take…

  8. Magic GM says team cautious with Glen Davis’ return, could miss start of camp

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Glen Davis

    It was thought a month ago that Glen Davis would be back for the start of Orlando’s training camp after missing most of last season following foot surgery. Maybe not. Orlando GM Rob Hennigan did a Q&A with Orlando’s own site and sounded very cautious about the return of Davis. “He’s progressing on schedule and…

  9. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Last season: The Pistons went 29-53, their fifth straight losing season and fourth straight season outside the playoffs. Andre Drummond emerged as a possible franchise player, producing at elite levels to match his impressive physical profile. Greg Monroe also operated at a near-All Star level for the second straight season, though somewhat ignores his defensive…

  10. Report: NBA, players union nowhere near deal on HGH testing

    Sep 23, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    needle, syringe, drug

    To hear NBA Commissioner David Stern or commissioner in waiting Adam Silver tell it, the NBA has been working on setting up Human Growth Hormone (HGH) testing and is close, it’s just waiting for the players union to agree. There was even a report last March saying it could be in place for this coming…

  11. Friday And-1 links: The sad tale of Korleone Young

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    korleone Young

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Brazilians like spectacular soccer goals…. • If you read one thing today…

  12. Seven collegiate 2013 second round draft picks have international contracts

    Sep 20, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    We have mentioned this before, the draft and stash is not just for European players anymore. Used to be a time when teams drafted a young Euro in the second round, let him develop overseas, then brought him over if and when he was ready. See Marc Gasol as a prime example. But now teams…

  13. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Last season: For the first half of the season Boston — with veterans like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — looked like that team everyone wants to avoid in the first round. Remember, the year before they had taken Miami seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Maybe this version of the Celtics wasn’t going…

  14. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Net's Pierce, Garnett and Terry hold up their new jerseys as they pose for a photo with principal owner Prokhorov after a news conference in Brooklyn

    Today kicks off ProBasketballTalk’s season previews. Over the next six weeks we will preview every team in the NBA, looking at the upcoming season. We will start in the Atlantic Division. Last season: Brooklyn baby!! The Nets moved out of New Jersey to Brooklyn, into their sweet new crib the Barclays Center, wearing a new…

  15. Report: Nerlens Noel to sign shoe deal with Reebok

    Sep 13, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    The conventional wisdom is big men don’t sell shoes, attacking perimeter do — Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose. But Nerlens Noel, the center out of Kentucky who will play with the Sixers once he gets healthy (remember the knee injury last season) thinks he can be the exception to the rule. Noel…

  16. Victor Oladipo says “I really didn’t want to go to Cleveland” (then tries to retract it)

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    via @NBA twitter

    Sports stars are learning what politicians have started to learn — in today’s media environment your comments are not just heard by the small audience in front of you. Your comments are national, they are everywhere. (Politicians love to tell each audience what they want to hear, but do that today and the inconsistencies in…

  17. Kings sign DeQuan Jones to training camp contract

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

    DeQuan Jones

    DeQuan Jones played in 63 games with the Orlando Magic last season and was a regular part of the rotation, but with Victor Oladipo coming in Jones was out. Since then he hasn’t been able to find a landing spot. He’s going to go training camp with the Sacramento Kings on a non-guaranteed deal, reports…

  18. Magic to use Victor Oladipo at both guard spots

    Sep 13, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    At Summer League, the Orlando Magic decided to play just drafted Victor Oladipo at the point in what was seen then as an experiment — could the rookie really play the position? The answer seemed to be no. Or at best, he has a lot of work to do before you put him there. But…

  19. Khalif Wyatt agrees to partially-guaranteed deal with Sixers

    Sep 13, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Temple v Indiana

    Khalif Wyatt, an undrafted rookie out of Temple University, has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. From Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via CSN Philly): He will sign a partially guaranteed, mutli-year contract on Friday. The guard will be on the team’s roster when it opens the season against the Miami Heat on…

  20. Magic’s Glen Davis expected to be cleared for training camp

    Sep 9, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    Glen Davis, who missed much of the last Orlando Magic season after foot surgery, should be ready to go at the start of training camp. Davis is expected to be cleared for basketball activities by the end of month, right about when training camp starts, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Does that mean he’ll…

  21. EuroBasket tips off Wednesday, here’s a quick primer

    Sep 4, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    BASKET-FRIENDLY-SLOVENIA-FRANCE

    At this point in the end of summer/start of fall those of us basketball junkies are looking for a fix. That is where EuroBasket comes in. If you’re asking “What is EuroBasket?” let us help you out with a little primer. • What is EuroBasket? A FIBA tournament featuring 24 teams from Europe, being played…

  22. Magic to baby Glen Davis as he returns from foot injury

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    The Orlando Magic are not tanking. Don’t suggest that they are. However, if it took a little longer than scheduled for veteran forward “Big Baby” Glen Davis to get back on the court following his second foot surgery, is that such a bad thing? The Magic have said they plan to baby… er, be cautious…

  23. Two months later, Magic and Turkoglu closer to buyout

    Sep 2, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Hedo Turkoglu will not be a member of the Orlando Magic next season. Bet on it. He likely isn’t in the NBA. He has an offer waiting back in Turkey that will be better than any offer he is getting in this country, smart money says that is where he ends up. But before we…

  24. FIBA Americas schedule features Canada vs. Brazil on Sunday

    Sep 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Axier Sucre, Diego Bareiro

    The FIBA Americas tournament enters Day 3 on Sunday after a solid first two days of action. Sunday’s games don’t feature the marquee matchups that littered Friday and Saturday, but the first contest of the day should be worth watching. Canada and Brazil are both in the conversation for the Final Four next weekend, a…

  25. FIBA Americas results and recap, featuring Jack Michael Martinez vs. Luis Scola

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Argentina's LuisScola goes for a basket against Martinez of Dominican Republic during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament finished its second day of action on Saturday night. The games that were supposed to be the best ended up being the most lopsided but, on the bright side, even those games were relatively fun to watch for a weekend in August. Saturday’s featured game, according to your’s truly, took…

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